18 – 20 May 2015 – Atlas Idrissides Premium Urban Club – Marrakech

Civil Society and free market in Muslim majority Countries



18th May 2015

18.30 – 20.30 Opening Dinner


19th May 2015

09.00 – 09.15 Opening remarks 


09.15 – 10.45 I. Session

Chair:  Wan Saiful Wan Jan (Malaysia)

– Paul Heck (USA): “Muslim Open Society

– Ali Ojqo / Dridi Ouafa (Algeria): “Freedom of belief in Islamic societies and the impact on social cohesion”


10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break


11.15 – 12.45  II. Session

Chair: Mazen Deraouan (Syria)


– Taha Hamedani (Morocco): “Individual freedom from an Islamic perspective

– Peter Welby (UK):  “Secular Politics and Freedom


12.45 – 15.00 Lunch


15.00 – 16.15 III. Session

Chair: Peter Menzel (USA)


– Raza Ullah (Pakistan): “How to Relate Society with State: Explicating the Experiences of Islamization in Pakistan

– Abdulllah Setti (Morocco): “Liberal understanding in the political thought of the Moroccan Islamic movements”


16.15 – 16.45 Coffee Break


16.45 – 17.45 IV. Session

Chair: Ozlem Caglar Yilmaz (Turkey)

– Can Ceylan (Turkey): “What is ‘Civil Religion’ to stand for in Islam?”

– Ali Salman (Pakistan): “OECD and OIC Countries: Tradeoff between Security and Freedom”


19.00 – 21.00 Dinner


20th May 2015

09.00 – 10.45 V. Session
Chair: Youcef Maouchl (Algeria)


– Hicham El Moussaoui (Morocco): “Islam and entrepreneurship :Why institutions matter?

– Admir Cavalic (Bosnia): “Economic freedoms in Islamic countries


10.45 – 11.30 Coffee Break


11.30 – 12.30 VI. Session

Chair: Edo Omercevic (Bosnia)


– Souad Adnane (USA/Morocco): “Women’s Economic Empowerment: The Way Towards Economic Growth in Mainly Muslim Countries

– Vaslleios Syros (Finland): “Islamic and European Ideas on FreeTrade”


12.30 – 15.00 Lunch


15.00 – 16.00 VII. Session

Chair: Bican Sahln (Turkey)


– Lorenzo Montanari (USA/Italy): “Property right index as indicator of economic freedom: data from Muslim countries

– Mustapha Radji (Algeria): “Religious people and the support of free markets in the Arab and Muslim world. Evidence from the World Values Survey WVS


16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break


16.30 – 18.00 VIII. Session

Chair: Nouh El Harmouzl (Morocco)


– lmdad Hussain: “Civil Society and Civil Freedom inMuslim World: Cases of Pakistan and Malaysia”

– Mossaab Tijani (Morocco): “Civil Society inthe Muslim world: the Moroccan experience

– Omar JaffaI (Algeria): “Toward the building of Maghreb! civil society: a study of globalized communication indicators”


18.00 Closing


19.00 – 21.00 Dinner

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